More Vintage Polka Dots

by made with hugs and kisses on August 7, 2013 · 6 comments

in Modern Patterns,Vintage Sewing

Don’t say I didn’t warn you. 

After making my Red Polka Dot Dress  a short while back I knew that it would not be the last time I would make something using polka dot fabric.

You should have heard the squeal I made when I saw this fabric. I got it when I went to Birmingham for a sewing meet up. It was on the outdoor market for just £2 per meter, words cannot describe my excitement.  It is unbelievably soft and drapes wonderfully.

Is it really sad that I get ridiculously excited over sewing related things more than almost anything else?!

I used McCall’s 6503 and was originally going to add sleeves. As it turned out I had quite a few problems with this pattern, in fact after reading up on it since then, I have noticed a few people say they had trouble with this pattern, I should have done my research in advance.

It seemed really baggy around the side bust and back so I added a line of elastic along the back waist to gather it in, As a last minute solution it actually works quite well, but at least I know to expect this issue next time I use the pattern.

I ended up omitting the sleeves, mainly because at that point I was too flustered to be bothered with them, and I turned down the stand up collar and bodice facings to make a little folded down collar, but you cant see it very well on these photos.

If I were to do it again I would perhaps do the bodice facings and waist band in a different colour to break up the pattern.

I will probably try this pattern again another time but I will make a muslin before using up my fabric, it was just a good job that this polka dot fabric was cheap and that I was able to salvage it!

There is undeniably something very vintage about this dress, but just to make sure I used the last slithers of material to make a vintage inspired tie headband to match.

Too much polka dot??

I think not!!!

My cat, Sidney decided to join in with the photographs too :D

Thanks for reading, if you want to check out the original blog post click HERE

 Here’s to many more polka dot creations


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Hi there, I'm Hannah Smith! I taught myself to sew about 5 years ago and haven't looked back since. I love to dabble in all things creative from sewing to jewellery making to baking and crochet. My crafting addiction has led to me to develop a hoarding problem, most recently of vintage patterns :D Follow my adventures over on the Made with Hugs and Kisses Blog xXx

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Kristin August 8, 2013 at 10:49 am

You look so cute in the dress! It looks great on you. I love the idea you had with the elastic – I may have to steal that the next time I run into some problems. Great job!


Hannah Smith August 8, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Thanks hun :D It really was a last minute idea but it ended up working great. can’t believe I forgot to take a photo of the back. hope it works out for you xxx


EmSewCrazy August 8, 2013 at 1:40 pm

This is super cute! Way to keep going and salvage those lovely polka dots. Don’t worry sewing stuff excites me way too much too!


Hannah Smith August 8, 2013 at 3:14 pm

it is good to know I am not the only one xxx


Jeannie Watt August 8, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Never too many polka dots! So cute. Can’t wait for you next polka dotted project. By the way, Sidney is a nice looking cat.


Vintage Vix August 9, 2013 at 8:14 am

It looks wonderful despite the problems, a fab dress and a lovely cat, too! x


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